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MS Eng 1472

Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler. George Ritchie Kinloch collection of Scottish proverbs: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Eng 1472
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kinloch, George Ritchie, 1796?-1877, compiler.
Title: George Ritchie Kinloch collection of Scottish proverbs,
Date(s): 1824.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 volumes (.75 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks containing transcribed Scottish proverbs, collected by antiquarian and ballad authority, George Ritchie Kinloch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Source unknown. Received in the Child Memorial Library: 1915 Dec. 17. Recat. from Prov 45.4*


An unidentified dealer's description (#228) found with the collection states: "At the sale of Mr. Kinloch's library in 1877 it brought £7."
The 1877 Dec. 3-4 catalogue of the sale of Kinloch's library lists this material as sale item number 815 "Proverbs. Collection of Scottish Proverbs and Proverbial Expressions, with notes, in three quarto scrap books, with lot of loose slips ready for insertion."

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George Ritchie Kinloch Collection of Scottish Proverbs (MS Eng 1472). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Ritchie Kinloch, was a Scottish antiquary and authority on ballad lore, best known as editor of Ancient Scottish Ballads. He was born at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland, about 1796, and became a lawyer. In 1824 he projected, without publishing, a "Collection of Scottish proverbs." In 1827 he published, Ancient Scottish ballads recovered from tradition, and never before published, and The ballad book. In 1842 he was appointed assistant-keeper of the register of deeds in Edinburgh Register House and was head from 1851-1869. He died in Edinburgh in 1877.


Arranged in volume order.

Scope and Contents

Collection of 3 scrapbooks containing slips of paper pasted onto volume sheets. Slips of paper have autograph Scottish proverbs, English equivalents, and notes concerning the proverbial expressions. Also includes one volume of loose slips of paper with proverbs. Includes a total of over four thousand proverbs in three groupings: two distinct alphabets A-Z, and at the end a grouping of local proverbial rhymes, phrases, and traditional sayings arranged by the counties of Scotland.

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